E3 2008: This Is Vegas

We cheated at cards and got in a fistfight in Vegas.

E3 2008 isn't in Vegas, so this year Midway brought Vegas to E3. This Is Vegas, that is. If you aren't familiar with Midway's play-in-progress, it's an open-world sandbox game set in Las Vegas, among all the casinos, palm trees, danger, and fun that city has to offer, without the hangovers, debts, or professional football players gnawing on your ankle. Finally, this is a piece of Vegas that you can take home with you, or at least, will be able to sometime in 2009.

At a previous event, we played through a giant party; we danced with girls, beat up dorks, tended the bar, and generally had a great time. At E3, a couple different experiences were on tap: fistfights and cheating at cards. We got into a fistfight because we'd stolen and wrecked a car belonging to some dopey goons. They wanted payback, but our fists put them only deeper into debt. To settle the score, we tapped a button (jab), held it (strong punch), chained strong and light attacks together (combo), and eventually built up enough power to unleash a devastating slow-mo haymaker, hitting one of the goons so hard, he backflipped. When he hit the cement, his chips spilled everywhere. It was like hitting a jackpot.

After beating up the goons, the hotel security arrived. This hotel, by the way, looked exactly like Caesar's Palace. However, the guards who accosted us were dressed like they belonged in the Excalibur: One bore a strong resemblance to the Burger King, and the other was a knight riding a dinosaur (it was like a Halloween costume). Despite their merry getups, they asked for no quarter and were given none in turn. We grappled one at the push of a button, and then pounded our fist through his costumed face. Once we'd sent them back to the circus, the real security guards showed up. These were burly dudes in pink berets with pink nightsticks, and they hit a lot harder than the guys in the costumes. Fortunately, we already had haymaker juice built up, so we were able to knock one out right away. As you can see, the combat was extremely simple. It should be easy for anyone to pick up this game and immediately start kicking butts in Vegas.

After our fisticuffs, we went inside the casino for a game of high-stakes blackjack. Now, we could have played fair and square, but it just so happened that we knew the dealer was a crooked chap who was marking his cards with invisible ink. Fortunately, we had glasses that could see the marks. Here's how it worked: When it was our turn to play, we could either make our decision or hold a button to examine the dealer's cards. If there was a dash on them, that meant that the hidden card was anywhere between a two and a six. If it had a circle, it was a six to a nine, and if it had an X, we knew it had to be a face card or an ace. That way, we were able to avoid some bad hits, and chose to stay at less than obvious times. However, every time that we scrutinized the dealer's hand or made an unusual decision (hitting on a 17?), our suspicion meter would rise and the pit boss would pay closer attention to us, so we had to be careful.

That was all the gameplay that we saw at the event, though we were able to ask a few questions, and we learned some interesting things. For instance, at one point we saw coins pouring out of a slot machine while the non-player character in front of it celebrated. So we had to know, could you go karate chop that winner and take all of his newfound riches? The answer was an "Of course!" We also learned that at certain points in the game we'd be able to throw showers of money into the air. When asked why we'd ever do that, we were told that the strippers seemed to think it was a really cool thing to do. However, we could not get a definitive answer on exactly what the "strippers" would strip down to. It seemed fairly certain that they would go topless (which is pretty rare in video games), though a Midway representative said that things still had to be ironed out with the ESRB. In the meantime, stay perky. All will be revealed when this game ships for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC sometime in 2009.

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48 comments
Jackyll87
Jackyll87

I saw the earlier footage and it looked pretty cool. Need more gp footage.

tsb247
tsb247

This sounds like it could be fun if done correctly.

yosef95
yosef95

stop it you gta-clone **** its a sandbox genre not a **** gta-clone **** idiots thinking every sandbox game is a gta-clone im sick of you **** you give me headake **** nolifes

scorch-62
scorch-62

If it wasn't such a GTA clone, I wouldn't have mixed feelings about this one :?

gmax
gmax

Sounds silly, but gotta love the pink nightsticks...

Lord_Tigger
Lord_Tigger

Hothouse tried making a casino sim several years ago that failed miserably due to premature release and other isues. The concept was sound, however, as there's just as many intricacies in running a casino business as there is in any restaurant or theme park sim. To play this game from the first person seems like an innovative idea but I think this game will suffer from poor execution. You can play so many gambling games with top-quality realism in a large number of other cheaper games, so all that's left here is a game where you get to run around, act like a jerk, and look at virtual boobs. I'm sorry guys but Second Life has already been made. So they're definitely trying something new but this all sounds so...immature.

leofiregod
leofiregod

most people can't handle something new or creative. looks interesting to me.

hunter_wagner
hunter_wagner

Most of you dbags have probably never been to Vegas so you wouldnt understand or appreciate this game.

Carton_of_milk
Carton_of_milk

Oh, i see someone already thought about calling this The sims: Douchebag. I'm glad to read most everybody thinks this looks awful.

Carton_of_milk
Carton_of_milk

Oh great, they've finally made a game about douchebaggery! I think Total Douchebag would make for a better name.

ognen
ognen

I agree it's a strange game.

baxter1221
baxter1221

i think im gonna play that but i dont know I have to see gameplay before i BUY it

ZeRoIV
ZeRoIV

Strange game... but We should Try it or wait for a review before we make are judgement

spankdamonky
spankdamonky

LOL at this game... Maybe it will be a nice surprise!

jazilla
jazilla

Umm, who fights security in a Vegas Casino? No one. This game just sounds like a lame attempt at a Vegas RPG.

drumbreak1
drumbreak1

ive seen pretty much only one positive cmnt "yay topless strippers!" lol thats about it

Macgyver40
Macgyver40

I can not believe that htis is the best game designers can come up with

ryo_strife24
ryo_strife24

I still say they should re-release or remake Vegas Stakes for the SNES. It wasn't all this stuff. You and a few buddies go to Vegas and gamble. The story line was to win like a million dollars or so, go to different casinos that each have its own look and attitude. Each have different min and max bets and that was the whole game. Simple concept, simple controls, and loads of fun. I don't know where the direction of this game is going but I won't be taking a trip this Vegas.

Achaurn
Achaurn

I think they should call this game Sim Douchebag

theocharlier
theocharlier

Hmm...this game may be alright. I will probably rent it before I buy it.

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

I think this sounds like a fun title, and worth attention!

jekaboom
jekaboom

i have my hopes for this one... a vegas sandbox game sounds fun...lets see if it can deliver

km1498
km1498

this might be good.

grambyte
grambyte

Euhm, right. Ok let's read on, nothing to see here.

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

Yay topless strippers! Ah this game will be a good laugh, I fully intend to go karate chop that smug winner git.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I dont know about this game yet

mikethemonkey
mikethemonkey

I have high hopes for this this game! I sure hope it dosent let me down :(

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

For a game that could really, really drop the ball, it seems like This Is Vegas is turning out to be one hell of a fun ride! I really want to put my hands on this one.

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Fist fights? Cheating in cards? Awesome!

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I want to play this, since it seems different. I hope the concept is executed good for the final product.

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

I still don't get the point of this game. If someone liked living in Vegas that much, why not just move there ? :P

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

So it starts off as a card game, and the moves to a fighting game? Cool

nicklech16
nicklech16

i hope this game will be more than just all these mini games... what about a story???

ranman1990
ranman1990

well its comming out in 09 so i mean i guess thats when ill start paying more attention to it . Right now theres games i want that are comming out this year.

ronnet
ronnet

Looks nice but nothing spectacular and with so many big titles comming out this one could be forgotten.